2013 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 18, 2013

At the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show, the first production model from Qoros will be unveiled together with the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept. This crossover model comes with a compact hatchback body and an advanced hybrid drivetrain. It introduces the use of signature styling themes on the Qoros 3 Sedan to potential compact hatchback and crossover models in the future.

The crossover gets stunning new styling elements that show off the strong, versatile characteristic of this model. Qoros considers the development of advanced engineering innovations as a core strategic activity. Furthermore, the Cross Hybrid concept is equipped with an advanced hybrid drive system. It is powered by a three-cylinder turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine that was fitted transversely at the front.

It also gets an electric motor positioned higher than the rear axle. It has a second electric motor dubbed the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) that is incorporated between the petrol engine and the transmission. An inventive all-wheel driving experience is the result of the interaction between the two drive units and the ISG.

Because of the intelligent control software, the model is guaranteed to offer a smooth transition between petrol-engine front-wheel drive, electric motor rear-wheel drive, and an all-wheel drive mode. This will depend on the mode that offers the highest efficiency in response to the driver’s inputs and the current road conditions.

Press Release

Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept

At the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show, Qoros presents a five-door crossover - the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept - that features a compact hatchback body, enhanced traction properties and an advanced hybrid drive.

This concept illustrates how the design themes introduced in the Qoros 3 Sedan may be applied to its future model range. It also offers a glimpse ahead to the brand's future technological developments with a pioneering hybrid drive that not only enhances efficiency but that also provides an exceptional all-wheel driving experience.

The intelligent Qoros modular vehicle architecture is a key factor in ensuring that new models can be introduced quickly and efficiently, and the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept is based on the same vehicle platform as the Qoros 3 Sedan.

With the same long wheelbase (2,690 mm) and wide track as the sedan, the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept exhibits generous proportions and a solid, planted road presence.

Hallmark design features reinterpreted

The Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept showcases a mild evolution of the styling introduced on the production sedan. Elegant lines and balanced proportions reflect sporty aspirations. Short body overhangs and the coupé-like roof line flowing into the hatchback tailgate give the five-door model a touch of dynamic flair. Horizontally oriented lines highlight the width of the boldly shaped rear, which featuresa large tailgate.

The front view of the concept is almost identical to the Qoros 3 Sedan, but the core elements of the Qoros 'face' are supplemented with bespoke accents. The lower air inlet at the bottom of the trapezoidal grille stretches further back, highlighting the concept's powerful front stature. Also distinctive are the rounded contours of the fog lamps, which are placed wide apart.

The headlamp clusters, featuring LED bars at their top edge as daytime running lights, are the same as those on the Qoros 3 Sedan, stretching far into the flanks and into a striking contour edge which runs through the door handles and rises continuously to the rear. The rear light clusters - unique to this concept, feature horizontal LED light bars in a neat compact arrangement.

Its raised ground clearance and specific design features that emphasise its robust, versatile characteristics hint at the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept's potential for excursions beyond the asphalt. It features underbody protection at the front and rear to protect against impacts, as well as uprated suspension and damper systems that ensure occupants remain comfortable even on rough terrain.

A combination of hybrid drive and all-wheel system for increased driving pleasure and efficiency

The development of advanced engineering innovations is a core strategic activity for the brand and the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept features an advanced hybrid drive system developed in partnership with leading electric drive systems specialist American Axle.

A three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 97 kW (130 bhp) is installed transversely at the front to drive the front wheels.

A 50 kW electric motor is housed between the luggage compartment floor and the rear axle, not only convenient for power transfer but also safely isolated from rear collision impacts. The motor is powered by a LG Chem lithium-ion battery with a maximum capacity of 1.9 kilowatt-hours.

A second electric motor - the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) - is mounted between the petrol engine and the transmission. Its role, as well as to start the petrol engine more discreetly - with less noise and less vibration - than a traditional starter motor, is to charge the rear electric motor's dedicated battery so that the Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept can operate continuously in all-wheel drive mode. And, during the most demanding driving, the ISG delivers additional power to the front axle, allowing the concept to deliver surprisingly swift performance: zero to 100 km/h is achieved in less than 7.0 seconds (provisional target, not yet verified).

Intelligent control software ensures seamless transition between petrol-engine front-wheel drive, electric motor rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive, depending on the most efficient mode to respond to the driver's inputs and the prevailing road conditions.

The Qoros 3 Cross Hybrid Concept can be driven in pure-electric mode at a speed of up to 120 km/h, and for a maximum range of approximately four kilometres (provisional target, not yet verified).

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